Your savory breakfast links:
- Previews of "what promises to be an epic early season tilt" from Vogs, NHL.com, Philly Daily News, the WaPo and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Broad Street Hockey for pregame coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
Danny Briere's birthdayMike Knuble's return to Philly is, of course, one of the big story lines for tonight's game, and the gritty winger spoke on the subject after yesterday's practice. [Caps365 (video), Capitals Insider]
- Speaking of Knuble, in coming to D.C. this summer, you may or may not know that he "made the difficult decision to reject a free-agent plea from a former workout partner: Dan Bylsma." Also, Mike Green dropped 25 pounds this offseason and still isn't comfortable with his game twigs, Brooks Laich isn't lacing his skates all the way up and it's making a difference, and George McPhee didn't start the "Forsberg-to-the-Caps" rumors. Good stuff, Elliotte Friedman. [CBC.ca]
- It looks like Jeff Schultz will see his first game of the season tonight, which will be just in time for me to get my deposit back on those "Free Jeff Schultz" shirts that were about to go to the printers. [Capitals Insider]
- The Caps took a bus to Philly yesterday, which was quite old time-y of them, and had their bench boss waxing sentimental. [Capitals]
- Chris Clark is working his tail off. [Washington Times]
- Tonight's game is on Versus, so if you have DirecTV, you're still boned. But hey, there's always the Cheesecake Factory. [In The Room]
- The Caps top ESPN's power rankings (up from 4th), sit second on The Sporting News's list (up from 5th) and are third at The Hockey News.
- Timing is everything, and the Caps seem to have good timing, hence, they have everything. Q.E.D. [VFtCS]
- A look at the milestones that await in Alex Ovechkin's not-too-distant future. [Peerless]
- A.G. is leading the AHL in goals. Andrew Gordon, that is. Who'd you think I was talking about? Anyway, John Walton caught up with him yesterday. [John Walton Hockey]
- Braden Holtby, who stopped 23 of 24 shots for Hershey in a win in his first professional game this past weekend, is a bit quirky. In other words, he's a goalie. [Stack the Pads]
- Bear tracks! [Lebanon Daily News]
- Ray Shero describes snatching Chris Bourque from the Caps off waivers as presenting "a little bit of upside and minimal risk." That's not the first nor the last time the words "little" and "minimal" have been used in describing C-Bo. Zing! [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]